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Riding in Great Britain

Utilise this guide to see whether or not you can ride in Great Britain*
* Great Britain consists of England, Wales and Scotland

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*The ‘designated countries’ are: Andorra, Australia, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Hong Kong, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Zimbabwe.

You may be entitled to do a CBT or an A1 Licence.

Although you have a Full UK Car Licence, to ride a motorcycle/scooter up to 125cc,  you will need to complete a Compulsory Basic Training (CBT).  If you are 16 years of age you will only be entitled to ride a 50cc scooter/motorcycle until you complete 17 years of age. Once you complete 17 years of age, your entitlement to ride a motorcycle/scooter up to 125cc will be applied automatically without the need to complete  another CBT, until your existing CBT runs out.

Find out more about CBT by clicking here

In addition, if you are 17 years of age or over are also entitled to do your A1 Full Motorcycle Licence, so that you may carry a pillow passenger and or ride on motorways.

To do the an A1 Full Motorcycle Licence, you will need:

Valid DL196 Certificate (CBT Certificate)

Valid Motorcycle Theory Test

Book your full motorcycle licence assessment

Find out more about the A1 Licence by clicking here

You may be entitled to do a CBT or an A1 Licence.

As you have a UK Provisional Licence, to ride a motorcycle/scooter up to 125cc,  you will need to complete a Compulsory Basic Training (CBT).  If you are 16 years of age you will only be entitled to ride a 50cc scooter/motorcycle until you complete 17 years of age. Once you complete 17 years of age, your entitlement to ride a motorcycle/scooter up to 125cc will be applied automatically without the need to complete  another CBT, until your existing CBT runs out.

Find out more about CBT by clicking here

In addition, if you are 17 years of age or over are also entitled to do your A1 Full Motorcycle Licence, so that you may carry a pillow passenger.

To do the A1 Full Motorcycle Licence, you will need:

Valid DL196 Certificate (CBT Certificate)

Valid Motorcycle Theory Test

Book your free full motorcycle licence assessment

Find out more about the A1 Licence by clicking here

You may be entitled to do a CBT or an A1 Licence.

However, since you have an EU (or EEA) Licence, to ride a 125cc bike in the UK, you will firstly need to:

 

1. Apply for a UK Counterpart or a confirmation of registration of your EU licence in the United Kingdom (D91 form, or D58/2) showing provisional motorcycle entitlement (Category A)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/application-for-a-driving-licence-counterpart-for-non-gb-licence-holders-form-d9

or

 

2. Exchange your EU Licence for a UK Licence

https://www.gov.uk/exchange-foreign-driving-licence

or

 

3. Apply for a UK Provisional Licence

https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence

or

Once you have taken one of the steps listed above, you would be able to book your CBT. Once you have completed your CBT, you will be issued with a DL196 Certificate.

 

This certificate validates your licence and enables you to ride a bike up to 125cc in the UK.

If you are 16 years of age you will only be entitled to ride a 50cc scooter/motorcycle until you complete 17 years of age. Once you complete 17 years of age, your entitlement to ride a motorcycle/scooter up to 125cc will be applied automatically without the need to complete  another CBT, until your existing CBT runs out.

Find out more about CBT by clicking here

In addition, if you are 17 years of age or over are also entitled to do your A1 Full  Motorcycle Licence, so that you may carry a pillow passenger.

To do the A1 Full Motorcycle Licence, you will need:

Valid DL196 Certificate (CBT Certificate) * Valid Motorcycle Theory Test * Book your full motorcycle licence assessment

Find out more about the A1 Licence by clicking here

You can ride in Great Britain on your full, valid international driving licence for 12 months from when you became resident.

After 12 months you’ll need to apply for a provisional licence and pass the theory and practical driving tests to ride in Great Britain.

Apply for a UK Provisional Licence:

https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence

Apply for a UK Motorcycle Theory Test:

https://www.gov.uk/driving-theory-test

You can ride in Great Britain on your full, valid motorcycle licence until it expires.

If you have not ridden regularly for some time, you may wish to consider doing an Enhanced Riding Scheme Courses or a Refresher Lesson.

Enhanced Riding Scheme: https://www.universalmct.co.uk/courses-prices/enhanced-rider-scheme/

Refresher Course: https://www.universalmct.co.uk/courses-prices/

If you have an EU (or EEA) Licence, and have passed both your theory and practical riding tests in the EU, you can ride in Great Britain on your full, valid motorcycle licence for three (3) years.

You can exchange your EU (or EEA) licence for a GB licence when you can’t drive on it anymore.

If you have passed your theory and or practical riding tests in a non-EU (or non- EEA) country (Brazil, Argentina, etc.) and then exchanged your non-EU licence for the EU one, you can ride in Great Britain for only 12 months. Source: https://www.gov.uk/exchange-foreign-driving-licence

You cannot exchange your already exchanged EU Licence (originally from a non-EU

Country) in the United Kingdom. You will have to apply for a UK provisional driving licence.

Apply for a UK Provisional Licence:

https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence

You can continue to ride in the UK without exchanging your licence for 12 months after becoming resident.

After 12 months you must exchange your licence to keep driving. You can exchange it up to 5 years after becoming resident, if it hasn’t expired. Source: https://www.gov.uk/exchange-foreign-driving-licence

Exchange your Driving Licence for a UK Licence

https://www.gov.uk/exchange-foreign-driving-licence

or

Apply for a UK Provisional Licence

https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence

Since you do yet have a driving licence, you will firstly need to apply for one:

1. Apply for a UK Provisional Licence

https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence

or 

2. Order form D1 from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). Send the form, £43 fee and any documents you need (including your driving licence) to the address on the form. You should get your new licence within 3 weeks.

or

3. Pop in to your local Post Office and enquiry within. Find your local post office through here:
http://www.postoffice.co.uk/branch-finder

You may be entitled to do a CBT, an A1 or an A2 Licence.

Although you have a Full UK Car Licence, to ride a motorcycle/scooter up to 125cc,  you will need to complete a Compulsory Basic Training (CBT).

 

Find out more about CBT by clicking here

In addition, if you are 19 years of age or over are also entitled to do an A1 or an A2 Full Motorcycle Licence, so that you may carry a pillow passenger, ride on motorways, and possibly ride a larger motorcycle.

To do the A1 or an A2 Full Motorcycle Licence, you will need:

Valid DL196 Certificate (CBT Certificate)

Valid Motorcycle Theory Test

Book your free full motorcycle licence assessment

Find out more about the A1 Licence by clicking here

Find out more about the A2 Licence by clicking here

You may be entitled to do a CBT, an A1 or A2 Licence.

As you have a UK Provisional Licence, to ride a motorcycle/scooter up to 125cc,  you will need to complete a Compulsory Basic Training (CBT). 

Find out more about CBT by clicking here

In addition, if you are 19 years of age or over are also entitled to do your either your A1 or an A2 Full  Motorcycle Licence, so that you may carry a pillow passenger, ride on motorways, and possibly ride a larger motorcycle.

To do the A1 or an A2 Full Motorcycle Licence, you will need:

Valid DL196 Certificate (CBT Certificate)

Valid Motorcycle Theory Test

Book your free full motorcycle licence assessment

Find out more about the A1 Licence by clicking here

Find out more about the A2 Licence by clicking here

You may be entitled to do a CBT, an A1 or an A2 Licence.

However, since you have an EU Licence, to ride a 125cc bike in the UK, you will firstly need to:

1. Apply for a UK Counterpart or a confirmation of registration of your EU licence in the United Kingdom (D91 form, or D58/2) showing provisional motorcycle entitlement (Category A)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/application-for-a-driving-licence-counterpart-for-non-gb-licence-holders-form-d9

or

2. Exchange your EU Licence for a UK Licence

https://www.gov.uk/exchange-foreign-driving-licence

or

 

3. Apply for a UK Provisional Licence

https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence

or

Once you have taken one of the steps listed above, you would be able to book your CBT. Once you have completed your CBT, you will be issued with a DL196 Certificate.

 

This certificate validates your licence and enables you to ride a bike up to 125cc in the UK.

Find out more about CBT by clicking here

In addition, if you are 19 years of age or over are also entitled to do your either your A1 or an A2 Full  Motorcycle Licence, so that you may carry a pillow passenger, ride on motorways, and possibly ride a larger motorcycle.

To do the A1 or an A2 Full Motorcycle Licence, you will need:

Valid DL196 Certificate (CBT Certificate)

Valid Motorcycle Theory Test

Book your full motorcycle licence assessment

Find out more about the A1 Licence by clicking here

Find out more about the A2 Licence by clicking here

You can ride in Great Britain on your full, valid international driving licence for 12 months from when you became resident.

After 12 months you’ll need to apply for a provisional licence and pass the theory and practical driving tests to ride in Great Britain.

Apply for a UK Provisional Licence:

https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence

Apply for a UK Motorcycle Theory Test:

https://www.gov.uk/driving-theory-test

You can ride in Great Britain on your full, valid motorcycle licence until it expires.

If you have not ridden regularly for some time, you may want to consider doing an Enhanced Riding Scheme Courses or a Refresher Lesson.

Enhanced Riding Scheme: https://www.universalmct.co.uk/courses-prices/enhanced-rider-scheme/

Refresher Course: https://www.universalmct.co.uk/courses-prices/

If you have an EU (or EEA) Licence, and have passed both your theory and practical riding tests in the EU, you can ride in Great Britain on your full, valid motorcycle licence for three (3) years.

You can exchange your EU licence for a GB licence when you can’t drive on it anymore.

Exchange your EU Driving Licence for a UK Licence:

https://www.gov.uk/exchange-foreign-driving-licence

If you have passed your theory and or practical riding tests in a non-EU country (Brazil, Argentina, etc.) and then exchanged your non-EU licence for the EU one, you can ride in Great Britain for only 12 months. Source: https://www.gov.uk/exchange-foreign-driving-licence

You cannot exchange your already exchanged EU Licence (originally from a non-EU

Country) in the United Kingdom. You will have to apply for a UK provisional driving licence.

Apply for a UK Provisional Licence:

https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence

You can continue to ride in the UK without exchanging your licence for 12 months after becoming resident.

After 12 months you must exchange your licence to keep driving. You can exchange it up to 5 years after becoming resident, if it hasn’t expired. Source: https://www.gov.uk/exchange-foreign-driving-licence

Exchange your Driving Licence for a UK Licence

https://www.gov.uk/exchange-foreign-driving-licence

or

Apply for a UK Provisional Licence

https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence

Since you do yet have a driving licence, you will firstly need to apply for one:

1. Apply for a UK Provisional Licence

https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence

or 

2. Order form D1 from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). Send the form, £43 fee and any documents you need (including your driving licence) to the address on the form. You should get your new licence within 3 weeks.

or

3. Pop in to your local Post Office and enquiry within.
http://www.postoffice.co.uk/branch-finder

You may be entitled to do a CBT, an A1, an A2 Licence or an Unrestricted Full Motorcycle Licence (Direct Access – DAS).

Although you have a Full UK Car Licence, to ride a motorcycle/scooter up to 125cc,  you will need to complete a Compulsory Basic Training (CBT).

Find out more about CBT by clicking here

In addition, if you are 24 years of age or over are also entitled to do your A1, A2 or Unrestricted Full Motorcycle Licence (Direct Access – DAS), so that you may carry a pillow passenger, ride on motorways, and possibly ride a larger motorcycle.

To do the an A1, A2 or Unrestricted Full Motorcycle Licence (Direct Access – DAS), you will need:

Valid DL196 Certificate (CBT Certificate)

Valid Motorcycle Theory Test

Book your full motorcycle licence assessment

Find out more about the A1 Licence by clicking here

Find out more about the A2 Licence by clicking here

Find out more about the Unrestricted Full Motorcycle Licence (Direct Access – DAS) by click here

You may be entitled to do a CBT, an A1, an A2 or an Unrestricted Full Motorcycle Licence (Direct Access – DAS).

As you have a UK Provisional Licence, to ride a motorcycle/scooter up to 125cc,  you will need to complete a Compulsory Basic Training (CBT). 

Find out more about CBT by clicking here

In addition, if you are 24 years of age or over are also entitled to do your A1, A2 or Unrestricted Full Motorcycle Licence (Direct Access – DAS), so that you may carry a pillow passenger, ride on motorways, and possibly ride a larger motorcycle.

To do the an A1, A2 or Unrestricted Full Motorcycle Licence (Direct Access – DAS), you will need:

Valid DL196 Certificate (CBT Certificate)

Valid Motorcycle Theory Test

Book your free full motorcycle licence assessment

Find out more about the A1 Licence by clicking here

Find out more about the A2 Licence by clicking here

Find out more about the Unrestricted Full Motorcycle Licence (Direct Access – DAS) by click here

You may be entitled to do a CBT, an A1, an A2 or an Unrestricted Full Motorcycle Licence (Direct Access – DAS).

However, since you have an EU Licence, to ride a 125cc bike in the UK, you will firstly need to:

1. Apply for a UK Counterpart or a confirmation of registration of your EU licence in the United Kingdom (D91 form, or D58/2) showing provisional motorcycle entitlement (Category A)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/application-for-a-driving-licence-counterpart-for-non-gb-licence-holders-form-d9

or

2. Exchange your EU Licence for a UK Licence

https://www.gov.uk/exchange-foreign-driving-licence

or

3. Apply for a UK Provisional Licence

https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence

or

Once you have taken one of the steps listed above, you would be able to book your CBT. Once you have completed your CBT, you will be issued with a DL196 Certificate.

 

This certificate validates your licence and enables you to ride a bike up to 125cc in the UK.

Find out more about CBT by clicking here

In addition, if you are 24 years of age or over are also entitled to do your A1, A2 or Unrestricted Full Motorcycle Licence (Direct Access – DAS), so that you may carry a pillow passenger, ride on motorways, and possibly ride a larger motorcycle.

To do the an A1, A2 or Unrestricted Full Motorcycle Licence (Direct Access – DAS), you will need:

Valid DL196 Certificate (CBT Certificate)

Valid Motorcycle Theory Test

Book your full motorcycle licence assessment

Find out more about the A1 Licence by clicking here

Find out more about the A2 Licence by clicking here

Find out more about the Unrestricted Full Motorcycle Licence (Direct Access – DAS) by click here

You can ride in Great Britain on your full, valid international driving licence for 12 months from when you became resident.

After 12 months you’ll need to apply for a provisional licence and pass the theory and practical driving tests to drive in Great Britain.

Apply for a UK Provisional Licence:

https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence

Apply for a UK Motorcycle Theory Test:

https://www.gov.uk/driving-theory-test

You can ride in Great Britain on your full, valid motorcycle licence until it expires.

If you have not ridden regularly for some time, you may want to consider doing an Enhanced Riding Scheme Courses or a Refresher Lesson.

Enhanced Riding Scheme: https://www.universalmct.co.uk/courses-prices/enhanced-rider-scheme/

Refresher Course: https://www.universalmct.co.uk/courses-prices/

If you have an EU Licence, and have passed both your theory and practical riding tests in the EU, you can ride in Great Britain on your full, valid motorcycle licence for three (3) years.

You can exchange your EU licence for a GB licence when you can’t drive on it anymore.

Exchange your EU Driving Licence for a UK Licence:

https://www.gov.uk/exchange-foreign-driving-licence

If you have passed your theory and or practical riding tests in a non-EU country (Brazil, Argentina, etc.) and then exchanged your non-EU licence for the EU one, you can ride in Great Britain for only 12 months. Source: https://www.gov.uk/exchange-foreign-driving-licence

You cannot exchange your already exchanged EU Licence (originally from a non-EU

Country) in the United Kingdom. You will have to apply for a UK provisional driving licence.

Apply for a UK Provisional Licence:

https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence

You can continue to ride in the UK without exchanging your licence for 12 months after becoming resident.

After 12 months you must exchange your licence to keep driving. You can exchange it up to 5 years after becoming resident, if it hasn’t expired. Source: https://www.gov.uk/exchange-foreign-driving-licence

Exchange your Driving Licence for a UK Licence

https://www.gov.uk/exchange-foreign-driving-licence

or

Apply for a UK Provisional Licence

https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence

Since you do yet have a driving licence, you will firstly need to apply for one:

1. Apply for a UK Provisional Licence

https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence

or 

2. Order form D1 from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). Send the form, £43 fee and any documents you need (including your driving licence) to the address on the form. You should get your new licence within 3 weeks.

or

3. Pop in to your local Post Office and enquiry within. Find your local post office through here:
http://www.postoffice.co.uk/branch-finder